Energy Engineering MEng

2019-20 (also available for 2018-19 and 2017-18)

2018-19 (also available for 2019-20 and 2017-18)

2018-19 (also available for 2017-18)

Nuclear, wind, tidal, solar, fossil fuels: this integrated Master’s degree looks at power generation, distribution and electrical and mechanical principles.

It’s not too late to apply for September 2018. Find out more

Start date

24 September 2018

Duration

4 years full-time
5 years inc. placement year

Entry requirements

A Level - AAB

BTEC - DDD

See full entry requirements

UCAS Code

H221

Places available (subject to change)

80

Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 473116

About the course

The world needs sustainable energy sources. This integrated Master’s degree gives you a solid grounding in the issues that energy engineers face. Successfully completing the MEng course allows you to gain a deeper understanding of the subject than the BEng course. It also means that you graduate with a Postgraduate level qualification, which can give you an advantage in the job market.

The energy industry generates and distributes electrical power on a large scale, but there is also a growing need to improve how we all use energy in our daily lives. Renewable and sustainable energy sources are becoming more and more important.

We aim to give you a good grounding in both electrical and mechanical principles. Not only that, we will also look at the commercial side of the industry to help develop your business acumen. In your final year we will give you the chance to work on projects, helping you to gain experience of leading teams and managing people.

Nuclear, wind, tidal, solar, fossil fuels: this integrated Master’s degree looks at power generation, distribution and electrical and mechanical principles. Here at Huddersfield we have excellent facilities for practical work, including our own wind and solar power facility. You could choose to use the facility in your final year for project work.

While you’re studying we’ll try and give you as much real-world experience as possible. You’ll be able to choose a year-long placement, which could give you some great experience in the industry, and help build up your contacts too, plus your Final Year has been designed to help you gain the confidence you need to become a leader in this vital area.

The degree is accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) which means it fully meets the academic requirements if you’d like to gain Chartered Engineer status (CEng).

By exploring the issues facing the energy industry and focusing on practical experience, the course could prepare you drive development forward in this important and exciting sector.

You might like to hear what Ryan has to say about studying Mechanical Engineering MEng at the University of Huddersfield.

Engineering is the application of physics and mathematics to create new and useful technologies. We try to create an inspirational learning environment at Huddersfield, first and foremost by employing dedicated staff who enjoy teaching.

Ian Glover

Professor Ian Glover, Head of the Department of Engineering and Technology

Placements


This course offers you the chance to undertake an optional placement in Year 3. A placement year helps you to build on the knowledge and skills developed on the course. You will be employed by the company for 12 months, but the actual number of weeks worked will be dependent on the annual leave entitlement you are given in line with the placement company’s policy.

The placement year is a valuable tool that can enhance your employability and help you to develop as an individual. It is acknowledged that graduates with industry experience are generally much more attractive to employers.

Our Placement Unit will be on hand to support you in finding suitable placement opportunities. They will assist you with preparing your CV and with interview techniques. They'll also be in contact with you during your placement so that you'll be fully supported while you gain the experience that employers value so highly.

The Placement Unit team are regularly in contact with local and national companies. Previous students have spent their placement year at companies including Siemens, JN Bentley, National Grid, Unilever and Driveworks.

Alternatively, if you are a student from within the UK or the EU, you could consider starting your own small business by applying for the Enterprise Placement Year in conjunction with the University’s Enterprise Team. You’ll have the opportunity to benefit from business advice, mentoring and networking sessions. You can find out more information on the Enterprise Placement Year here.

So far I've been treated just like an employee, it's a very valuable experience to be a part of and the year so far has offered me so many opportunities for networking and development that I wouldn't get without being on placement.

Thomas Holden

Thomas Holden, Network and Development, Cummins

Entry requirements

AABat A Level . A Levels must include A2 Mathematics (Use of Mathematics is not an acceptable A Level) and at least one other Science/Technology subject (or equivalent qualifications) as listed.

136 UCAS tariff points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications which must include the accepted qualifications as listed in Additional Information.

DDD in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering. The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Science is not acceptable without an additional A Level Mathematics at least at Grade C.

  • 136 UCAS tariff points from International Baccalaureate qualifications which must include Maths and science/technology modules.

In addition to A2 Mathematics, A Levels must include one of the following: Biology, Chemistry, Materials Science, Physics, Mathematics, Mechanics, Dynamics, Architecture or General Engineering.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diplomas Engineering- please note that we do not accept Computing and Operations as a qualification for entry to this course.

Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.

Come along to our Open Day


At Huddersfield we’re passionate about engineering. Hear here about how our courses are designed to combine industry knowledge and academic theory with practical experience to support you in graduating ready for work or further study. Come along to one of our Open Days to find out more.

Course Detail

Core modules:

Mechanical Engineering and Science

This module can be considered as physics related to engineering. The topics covered in this module are intended to provide you with a foundation for your future studies and are considered a basic requirement for the degree programme which follows in later years. You'll be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials and laboratories which are not only designed to provide you with theory but also help you to practice the theory in the laboratory. You'll be introduced to the basic concepts and be supported in progressing to more advanced topics, such as static analysis and dynamic analysis. The module covers displacement, velocity, acceleration, Newton’s laws, energy and power (which are taught in the field of dynamics). You’ll also be offered the opportunity to study such topics as forces, vectors, beams, stress analysis and structures.

Electrical Principles 1

In this module you’ll study the fundamentals of electrical engineering. You’ll explore how to determine the voltage and current of circuits (circuit theorems) as well as studying electrostatics, conduction and electromagnetism (field theory). You’ll be encouraged to discuss practical examples of resistors, capacitors and inductors, which can be an aid when you come to use these components in practice. The topics this module covers are fundamental to the whole of electrical engineering and will be useful throughout your course.

Engineering Communication and Materials

This module aims to introduce you to the concepts of computer assistance for engineers, and covers the basic skills of 3D modelling with a computer aided design (CAD) package used by commercial organisations. This module is primarily studio and computer laboratory based. Through a series of exercises you're supported in gaining skills in how to effectively communicate through technical drawings (studio based) for the detail design of manufactured engineering components and assemblies. You’re required to undertake a series of integrated graded exercises which will allow you to express your ideas graphically to other engineers both manually and through the medium of 3D CAD. A series of lectures in materials technology are aimed at equipping you with the knowledge of how to select appropriate materials during the design process.

Manufacturing Technology and Workshop Appreciation

You’ll be required to attend a number of one day workshop practice sessions which are aimed at giving you an appreciation of some of the manufacturing processes through the use of hand tools, general engineering workshop machine tools, metal joining equipment, measuring and diagnostic equipment. Demonstrations of more complex equipment are aimed at giving you an insight into advanced processes. You’ll study how a number of engineered products are made and be supported in gaining an understanding of the manufacturing processes involved in the production of products in small numbers and in large scale production.

Professional Studies and Computing and Information Technology

This module aims to provide you with an appreciation of the broad role of the Professional Engineer and Technologist in society and introduces the personal skills required to succeed as a Student Engineer and as Professional Engineer. You’ll be supported in gaining skills relating to problem solving, research, communication, time management and working to objectives, in both individual and team working situations. Appreciation and practical experience with respect to the role of computing and information technology is also covered. The module contains an introduction to ILP (Individual Learning Plans) and CPD (Continued Professional Development). You’ll also explore broader issues, such as legal, ethical, environmental and recycling.

Mathematics 1

The module contains a range of basic engineering mathematics including numbers, functions, linear mathematics, calculus and numerical techniques aimed at providing you with the fundamental mathematical principles you will need to apply the technical theory introduced in the engineering modules.

You’ll be supported in acquiring an excellent grounding in both electrical and mechanical principles, alongside a sound understanding of the business side of the industry. We offer you the opportunity to develop skills in a range of power generation technologies including nuclear, wind, tidal and solar, in addition to more traditional fossil fuels. You’ll explore aspects of the energy industry, centred on large scale electrical power generation and distribution, while assessing the effective use of power by the consumer, micro generation schemes and combined heat and power systems.

You will be taught through a series of lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical sessions and 25% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, tutorials etc.

Assessment of your progress is made through assignments, exams and individual projects, with a focus on practical work. Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results.Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Further information

The teaching year normally starts in September with breaks at Christmas and Easter, finishing with a main examination/assessment period around May/June. Timetables are normally available one month before registration. As this is a full-time course, you may have to attend every day of the week.

Your course is made up of modules and each module is worth a number of credits. Each year you study modules to the value of 120 credits, adding up to 360 credits in total for a bachelor’s qualification. These credits can come from a combination of core, compulsory and optional modules but please note that optional modules may not run if we do not have enough students interested.

If you achieve 120 credits for the current stage you are at, you may progress to the next stage of your course, subject to any professional, statutory or regulatory body guidelines.

 

 

 

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. The University is number one in England for the proportion of staff with teaching qualifications (HEFCE, 2016).
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff* have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

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Your career


86-95% of our graduates from these subject areas go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (DLHE Survey 2014/15).

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Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

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